Preparing for Family Law Practice

The Family Law & Policy Program enjoys a largely customizable and well-encompassing curriculum. A student will be exposed a wide variety of topics, from the mandatory coursework like Advocacy and Legal Research to unique disciplines such as Immigration, Child and Elder Law, and branches of Health Law. Family law opens the door to well-established opportunities, including externship programs with family law judges or organizations, access to Chicago firms during the 3L year through the Chicago Program, and the CoL’s many journals, advocacy clinic, and trial team.

If you are interested in pursuing studies in family law, click the button below to find a helpful graphic that can help you visualize what types of courses you may come across.


Family Law Course Sequence

The College of Law offers a number of courses that prepare students to enter the field of Family Law or Children and the Law.  Because Family Law intersects other substantive areas, like tax, elder law, and trusts and estates, it is essential to have a solid mastery of these subjects, as well as family law and children and the law. To see a complete list of course offerings, click here.

Like most law schools, the College of Law creates the first-year course schedule for 1L students:

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In addition to other courses which students may select based on interest or bar preparation, the College of Law offers a number of courses which prepare students for the field of Family Law or Children and the Law.

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Through experiential learning, students can explore Family Law or Children and the Law through externships with family law judges or organizations, and through experienced gained during 3L year through the Chicago Program.

Students can improve their writing and litigation skills through the College of Law’s many journals, the Family Advocacy Clinic, the Veterans Legal Clinic, and trial team. To learn more, click here.

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